What Planners and Vendors are Saying about the MEET Brand and MEETups


My experience with Missouri Meetings & Events has been absolutely wonderful both personally and professionally.  One of the best decisions I ever made was to partner with Missouri Meetings & Events as an advertiser and expo sponsor.  I highly recommend Missouri Meeting & Events to anyone who is looking for great exposure and future business opportunities.

Tony T.
Belleville, IL

The degree of receptiveness, enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and professionalism of those who attended was impressive.

Richard A.
Midwest Business Institute, Inc.
Fairview Heights, IL

Good afternoon!  Thank you so much for the invites.  I will be traveling and will not be able to attend your event tonight. I plan events for our functions as well as community entities … I find your magazine most helpful. Thank you for providing me with valuable information for resources to make training opportunities delightful. I am so appreciative of MME it really is an asset for planning.  Thank you all for what you do to inspire, instruct and entertain us.

Michele W.
United in the Name of Jesus Ministries
St. Louis Region Community Liaison

Just finished reading your current issue from front to back. Great job. I always learn something new.

Carolyn B.
Event Location Service
St. Louis, MO

I really enjoy the magazine.  Information contained in the magazine has helped me to choose very interesting training venues on several occasions.

Pamela C.
STERIS Corporation
St. Louis, MO

Love it…. read it and use it all the time.

Karen D.
CPI Corp.
St. Louis, MO

Very useful guide to finding meeting space/accommodations.

Nancy S.
St. Louis, MO

I love the magazine. Always good information.

Teresa W.
Missouri Employers Mutual
Columbia, MO

Very informative

Randy K.
Missouri Dept of Transportation
Jefferson City, MO

Just want to say how great [the Missouri Meetings & Events Extra Newsletter] looks. I liked the interactive element too. A really good addition to your outreach.

S. Firman – President
Aquaest Retreats
Springfield, MO

I’ve had my stand-up comedy business, craighawksley.com, for over twenty years.  I wanted to reach more and better corporate clients and I chose Missouri Meetings & Events magazine as a place to advertise my service.  And… home run!  In fact, grand slam home run!  Directly through MM&E I got a comedy/master of ceremonies job that was the highest paying of my career.
Thank you Joe Clote and the gang at MM&E.  And sign me up for more!

C. Hawksley–Comedian/Master of Ceremonies/Comedy Writer
St. Louis, MO

“I thoroughly enjoyed the expo.

Deborah B.
Manager, Chapter Services/Membership
National Agri-Marketing Association
Overland Park, KS

Fabulous program – great speakers – interesting theme — compact setup at the hotel so time wasn’t wasted moving from place to place. Sheraton did a wonderful job with F&B and setup – exhibits size is just right and the stickers worked well. After several years, you continue to create programs that “leave us wanting more”. Congratulations on another success!

G. Knight, CMP
Independent Meeting Planner
Lincoln, KS

Very nice magazine with a lot of great information.  I read someone else’s magazine that they received at work.

Jennifer A.
Assistant to General Counsel
Missouri Department of Agriculture

“Enjoy the articles and information.”

Corporate Safety Dir
George P. Reintjes Co.

Love the variety of meeting/event options available in MO. Have used some of the sponsoring agents/products also. Great resource… Keep it up.

Yolanda T.
Administrative Assistant,
Grant Thornton LLP

Great Show Vikki and Joe!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Johnny Danrich III, CMP
Director of  Sales

Dear Joe,

What a great article! Thank you and thank you again. You have presented Chaumette in the best possible light and I am grateful. The description of the spa and villas even makes me want to go to Chaumette.

The quotes from several very credible guests are third party endorsements that carry a lot of weight. The photography is terrific, particularly the shots of the tasting room and the inside view of the barrel room. I was delighted with the description of “carefully landscaped and expertly maintained grounds” and “storybook landscape”.

In today’s mail I received a copy of the article and a warm note from the President of the local hospital saying that he looks forward to the next time the hospital books an event at Chaumette. There’s some real impact from the article and I am sure there will be more. You did a great job.

In the past we have elected not to have a booth at your Event Planners show. That has changed. Please have the person responsible for booking booths for the next St. Louis show call me.


Hi Vikki,
Thank you so much for stopping by to see the office, bringing the extra copies and goodie bags. It was nice to see you as usual!

One customer is coming out for a tour Monday. She said her boss agreed on the tour after he saw the beautiful ad!

Have a great day.

Kind regards,
Connie R. – Group Sales

Great resource for all things ‘meetings’ in Missouri. This month’s articles are timely as many of us are looking at staff changes/improvements and just ‘how tos’that will keep quality and efficiency in perspective.

Executive Assistant

Good morning, Keith. I wanted to let you know that I have already received a booking as a direct result of the advertisement I placed in the MME Resource Directory! Thank you for the great job you did in putting it all together- I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to be included.

Have a super day!

Lisa Pemberton

Dear Joe,
Trust all is well with you. Our thanks to you and Mike Humphrey for including the nice piece on 18th and Vine, and specifically the Peach Tree Restaurant, in your summer edition. We are grateful.

Next time you’re in town, I will take you over there for your fix of fried chicken and greens! Hope to see you soon!

Best Regards,

Richard L. Hughes
President & CEO
Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association

I enjoy reading what other hotels and vendors are up to and seeing how we relate to other hotels.

Your graphics are great and the high gloss makes it a first class magazine. Keep up the good work.

Inez Pace
The Daniele Hotel
Clayton, Missouri

Your Magazine is Great!

Donna Markham
Whitmire Micro-Gen

Thank you so much! I attended the show in Kansas City last year and had a wonderful time and received some great leads! I look forward to this year.
Have a great day!

Casey Rader
Sales Manager
Radisson Hotel Branson

I love your magazine! I have used it to contact and gain new business. Thanks!

Donna Sanchez Despagni
JED Limousine, Inc.

I really enjoy the articles and information.

Teresa K. West
Missouri Employers Mutual Ins.

Really enjoy it. Keep up the good work.

Steven Brown
Brown Convention Services

It was a pleasure meeting and spending time this past weekend with all of you.  I learned a lot from the tours, networking with the group, and of course had lots ‘o fun! Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!

Debra Sterling
Bakers Footwear Group

As an established conference center located in the St. Louis metro area, we are always looking for increased exposure with potential customers who have yet to experience Cedar Creek. This trade show provided us with outstanding exposure and an impressive ROI. Our phones have not stopped ringing since the show.

Jennifer Hollander
Dir. Of Sales & Marketing
Cedar Creek Conference Center

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. Today’s program at the Overland Park Marriott in Kansas City was phenomenal. There was so much energy in the rooms, I could hardly contain myself. Planners and suppliers were eagerly getting acquainted and discussing today’s issues.

Gwen Knight, CMP
Independent  Planner
Prairie Village, Kansas

(Written as an e-mail to Missouri Meetings & Events Publisher Joseph Clote just two hours after the Kansas City Regional Expo 2003 closed.)

I believe we hit (or exceeded) the mark with the program. Congratulations on the success of this first time [in Kansas City] expo! I was pleased to be a part of the program.

Barbara Dunn, Dunn, Esq.,
Expo presenter and panelist
Attorney and partner, Howe & Hutton

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau recently commissioned a survey to determine meeting and convention planner perceptions of Columbia’s facilities and services.  The survey included questions related to other areas such as “What professional meeting periodicals do you most often read?”  The response to that question was surprising. 73% listed Missouri Meetings and Events as the publication they most often read, followed by Successful Meetings at 45.9% and Midwest Meetings at 37.8%

We had 52 planners return the survey.  These were corporate and association planners from throughout the state of Missouri and they represented a range of meeting sizes (from less than 100 to more than 1000 attendees). Woodruff Communications supervised the study.  It is considered statistically valid.  We will be conducting this same research annually and will share the results with you each year.

Glad to pass along the info!

Lorah Steiner
Executive Director
Columbia, Missouri
Convention and Visitors Bureau

Great job! I truly have had an unbelievable response to my article. I have an article in the summer Southwest Airlines on-board magazine that reaches over 1.8 million travelers and I did not have the response that I have had from Missouri Meetings & Events.

Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP
MAC Meetings & Events

I always look forward to the next issue.

Paulette Antone
Senior Administrative Assistant

I enjoy your publication. It is of vital importance. Thanks!

Nate Walker
Director of Operations
Missouri Automobile Dealers Associations

MM&E magazine is the most helpful publication I receive. As a state association I’m limited to this area only!

Larraine Ellrich
Meeting Planner
MO Credit Union System

I really enjoy reading Missouri Meetings & Events. Good luck and hope to see you in the near future.

Rob Schaffer
Corporate Designer
Catering St. Louis

We really enjoy this magazine!

Majorie Beenders
Beenders Marketing Group

The Missouri Meetings & Events Expo was an excellent opportunity to visit with hotel representatives and suppliers at the same time. The speakers provided were top quality … I even contracted with one for my conference next year! The Expo was very well planned and we implemented the Focus Group concept at our convention this month. Thank you for planning such an extraordinary event and providing me the opportunity to participate.

Kathy Pabst
Missouri League for Nursing
Expo 2002 Attendee

This was very good. For the first MM&E Expo, this was really phenomenal.   I didn¹t know what to expect, and it was great.

Jill Stone
Meeting Planner
Helms Briscoe
Expo 2002 Attendee

I enjoyed the entire day [at Expo 2002]. It was fun to meet so many people with the same interests and concerns, as well as be provided with so many wonderful venues to visit.

Penny Hillemeyer
Expo 2002 Attendee

Thank you all for a wonderful EXPO in Overland Park, Kansas last week.  This was my first time to attend your group and it was so well done.  Everything was done with excellence, and I look forward to the next one.

Carrie Ann Langford
Stonecroft Ministries
Special Events

Hi Vikki:

Many, many thanks. This information is exactly what we need. Your organization is truly a facilitator of business. As mentioned yesterday, we discovered a terrific company–Nix–at your expo last year. Nix played an important role in the success in the launch of our Baby Boomer Expo. The only way we would have found this company was through your efforts. It was a win-win for us and Nix.

Gary Goldman
Planner Consultant